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Bluie

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Hello

Is it possible to tell if a digital camera has its settings at normal as opposed to widescreen?

I have downloaded two sets of images from two different cameras. One set of photos downloads at a resolution of 96 pixels/inch, 3254px wide x 2448px high; the other set of photos has a 72 pixels/inch resolution and 5312px wide x 2988px high.

Does the first set of images have normal dimensions and the widescreen dimensions (set in the camera itself)?

I need to make both sets consistent for a Premier Elements movie that they will be incorporated into.

Thank you.
 

Tom Mann

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Hello - Is it possible to tell if a digital camera has its settings at normal as opposed to widescreen? I have downloaded two sets of images from two different cameras. One set of photos downloads at a resolution of 96 pixels/inch, 3254px wide x 2448px high; the other set of photos has a 72 pixels/inch resolution and 5312px wide x 2988px high. Does the first set of images have normal dimensions and the widescreen dimensions (set in the camera itself)? ...
Yes, of course one can tell. From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widescreen), the definition of "widescreen" is any image "with a width-to-height aspect ratio greater than the standard 1.37:1 Academy aspect ratio provided by 35 mm film."

So, just look at the pixel dimensions for each image in queston and form the ratio. Your first example is 3254/2448 = 1.32, so it is definitely not widescreen, whereas the second ratio is 5312/2988 = 1,77, so it definitely would be considered widescreen.

One can even determine if a camera has one or more widescreen modes by simply looking at it's specifications on either vendor websites (eg, bhphotovideo.com) or equipment review websites (eg, dpreview.com). If the aspect ratios themselves aren't listed in the above form (ie, something-to-one), just do the arithmetic yourself either based on pixels (as above), or reducing aspect ratios like 3:2 to 1.5:1.

Tom M
 

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